Game of Checkers
Harry Herman Roseland, from 1866
to 1950, near Brooklyn, New York.
Artist Harry Herman Roseland
by artist Harry Roseland.
- Game of checkers artist Harry Roseland,
an American ethnic genre painter of the late
19th and early to mid 20th centuries.
- Artist Harry Roseland developed his own
style of genre painting as it became increasingly
popular in nineteenth century America.
- This style offered him an outlet for his natural
flair of telling a story, evoking an emotion or educating
society through his paintings.
- Roseland was primarily a self taught
artist who chose to paint what he saw:
common scenes in society.
- Roseland abandoned the mawkishness that is the
downfall of so many self educated artists when he
found a topic that was close to home and yet largely
unnoticed: the post Civil War blacks who formed the
underpinning of Northeastern society.
- Artist Harry Roseland specialized in
interior genres filled with activity and
emotion, whether it be the concentration
in a game of checkers, the joy of being
together or the stress of day to day living.
- Harry Roseland's clever, skilful scenes
of homely activities such as a game of
checkers or letter reading were remarkably
candid for the time period and are still
a good reflection of the simple way of life of that era.
- The artist naturalism depicted in the
subjects presented a true realism of life.